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June 7, 2006 June 7, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Patriots Sign Sandberg: According to Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News, the Somerset Patriots have agreed to terms with INF Jared Sandberg. Sandberg, who I interviewed when he was with the Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League last year, spent the first part of this year with the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate before being released.

Manager Sparky Lyle told me yesterday that the team has 10 days to release a player as a result, whether it was a result of the team being over budget or that the team was over the league’s salary guidelines was unclear.

The Patriots have always had a full roster of players during my first three years of covering this team, but it’s not been that way this year and I think it’s hurting the team. Granted, there are guys who either don’t play at all (Ryan McDermond) or don’t get a lot of playing time (Jim Burt, Tony Gsell), but I’ve yet to see a manager complain about having a lot of depth on his roster. I think where you’ll really see this become an issue is in a few weeks when the bullpen starts to wear down. The team is carrying 10 pitchers, and a lot of these guys are coming off of surgeries and might not be at 100 percent every night.

With Baseball and Sports Associates taking over the player procurement for Somerset this year, I can only wonder what kind of effect this has had on things and whether it’s affected the team’s ability to field a full roster. That’s really the only guess I could make as to why the team can only field a team of, after that 10-day grace period, 22 players. Money has seemingly not been an issue in the past.

Camden and Lancaster are also stocked with players by the firm, and that’s led to mixed results. Camden’s been not so good, but Lancaster has been the best team in the league so far. Camden is currently carrying 24 players and Lancaster has 23.

The Road Warriors are going to have a full roster, but those guys are likely making less than others around the league, and the team is also operated by the league, so budgetary concerns might be a little different with that situation. I’ll keep looking into it.

Juan Was Gone: Ducks DH Juan Gonzalez wasn’t in the lineup last night, much to the chagrin of the Lancaster fans who had come out to see him. But he is expected to make his AL Debut tomorrow night. – Mike Ashmore


1. DUCK FAN - June 7, 2006

check out joe gannon’s (Newark Bears) line from last night… CG 1H 4R 4ER 9 BB 5 SO 1 grand salami.. i guess walks really do KILL!!!!!

2. lan-caster - June 7, 2006

Camden and Lancaster are also stocked with players by the firm, and that’s led to mixed results.


Do you think it’s a coincidence that the Barnstormers are suddenly good and the Riversharks are suddenly bad — which one has the better attendance?

3. devildogs - June 7, 2006

Jared Sandberg is, of course, Ryne’s nephew.

4. Jeff - June 7, 2006

I think that the Pats should release some guys who were on the team last year and still not producing, like gsell or sandel.. and give the news guys the chance for more at bats

5. Ribby - June 7, 2006

Funny to see Sandberg humbled in the last few years…When he was a big prospect coming up in the Rays system, he was a major prick…wouldnt sign autographs, would just ignore you…same when he reached the majors with Tampa…then last year, I got him up in Manchester when he was playing with Portland and he was as nice as could be…Crazy how much a guys ego can change once his career is on the backslide…

6. BoosterBabe - June 8, 2006

Excellent story on the Reading Phillies website about Gary Burnham.
It’s nothing new for those of us who know him…but still love reading about his drive and determination.


I would love to see him make it to the show!

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